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Quincy Peeps: Italy's Little Kitchen?

typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 07:34 AM

Where exactly is this place? I've done the lazy man's drive by and I can't find it. Google maps says it's where Blue 22 and Gypsy Kitchen is. I can't find it.

Do they do take out? I've heard their chicken paaaaam is fantastic.

  1. hiddenboston Jan 4, 2012 08:08 AM

    I'm pretty sure it's behind Blue 22?

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    1. re: hiddenboston
      typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 08:22 AM

      Sent out a blast email to my food friends and just got these responses:

      A couple coworkers go there a lot and like it. It literally faces the Quincy Center train station (like behind guther toodies building) never had it but I do hear good things

      my mom and cousin say it’s good. It is right at the QCenter T station, on the back side of the bldg. where starbucks is. They have really limited hours catering to lunch crowds.

      1. re: typhoonfish
        hiddenboston Jan 4, 2012 08:31 AM

        Thanks! I wish they were open at dinner. It's tough for me to get there during the lunch hour.

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          hto44 Jan 4, 2012 11:14 AM

          Do you mean it is on the backside of Starbucks? I am taking some classes at Quincy College and would love to grab some good Italian takeout to bring home!

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        sr44 Jan 4, 2012 08:57 AM

        It's here.

        Italy's Little Kitchen
        1239 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02169

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        1. re: sr44
          Taralli Jan 4, 2012 09:41 AM

          Menu: http://www.takeouttonight.com/menus/m...

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            typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 09:54 AM

            thanks they are cheap

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          Guinness02122 Jan 4, 2012 09:20 AM

          It's in a building across the street from the Quincy Center train station. I think it's right next to the bus entrance. It's awesome by Quincy standards which equals OK for most anywhere else.

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          1. re: Guinness02122
            typhoonfish Jan 6, 2012 04:47 AM

            "It's awesome by Quincy standards which equals OK for most anywhere else"

            I took slight offense to this statement until we had it last night and pretty much nails it. Very good for Quincy. I got chicken paaaam. Ended up getting some chicken and some veal. Sauce was delicious. You literally are in someone's kitchen with 2 tables. We got take-out at 4pm and re-heated it at 6pm, which is unfair to judge. I'm sure if I ate it at the time I ordered it I would be raving.

            I'm still a loyal fan of Gennaros.

            1. re: typhoonfish
              SeaSide Tomato Jan 6, 2012 07:29 AM

              I had been a loyal fan of Gennaros. Maybe it was for sentimental reasons. The last few times we were there, spanning a lot of time in case they were just haveing an off night, the food was about a 4 - 6 out of ten.

              Most recent was chicken marsala (I dish I love in it's many forms) swimming in a very thin sauce--not very deeply redolent of Marsala. The hammy-accoutrements did nothing to add to it, where as prosciutto or speck certainly would have.

              I did have it with the homemade gemmelli (sp?), but even that could not save it.

              I really want to love this place again, but between that and the completely Wonder-bread like Italian bread, I am sorry to say it's off our list. Big SIGH.

              1. re: SeaSide Tomato
                CocoDan Jan 6, 2012 10:36 AM

                We've never been a fan of Gennaro's. Have only gone when invited and never found the food appealing. Sorry!

              2. re: typhoonfish
                jjbourgeois Jan 6, 2012 11:57 AM

                We gave up on Gennaros a year ago. They were good, but have steadily gone down hill over the past few years.

              3. re: Guinness02122
                hiddenboston Jan 6, 2012 08:18 AM

                Wow, if I got easily offended, I'd probably be offended (some of my best friends live in Quincy). Having said that, I like Gennaros--not the best place in the Boston area by any means, but a very good spot.

                1. re: hiddenboston
                  typhoonfish Jan 6, 2012 08:33 AM

                  Believe me when I say I'm 10000% joking about taking offense from Quincy.

                  Ever see the PatriotLedger.com comment section.. I'm a regular.

                  1. re: typhoonfish
                    hiddenboston Jan 6, 2012 08:47 AM

                    Tell Jon Chesto I said hi! :-D

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                    Pegmeister Jan 6, 2012 12:34 PM

                    They do make a good shrimp scampi pizza though.

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                      CocoDan Jan 7, 2012 11:51 AM

                      If you like that sort of pizza (I do), try the lobster pizza at Scarlet Oak Tavern. Not sure if they only have it on the lunch menu. May be on the bar menu all day. Pretty good!

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                        Pegmeister Jan 8, 2012 04:00 PM

                        Hi Dan, yes I've tried the lobster pizza at Scarlet Oak. It's a great atmosphere there. My favorite lobster pizza though is at Scampo. For shrimp scampi pizza it's nice to have a few options that are local. Coops does a great shrimp scampi and I probably would give it an edge over Gennaro's version. When in town, Artu has hands down the best shrimp scampi version. I enjoy their really thin crust and loads of garlic.

                2. CocoDan Jan 4, 2012 11:01 AM

                  Not that it matters, but it's owner is the sister of the guy that owns "Mezzo Mare" in Hull. Good food cheap at both places. MM has the best haddock dishes around.

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                    Chocomom Jan 4, 2012 11:34 AM

                    It literally a hoke in the wall. When walking by, if you blink you will missed it.
                    The food is good & very resonably priced. The owner is a wonderful lady & is like a hidden gem in Quincy. We had a long talk w/her a few yrs ago & everything is homemade. She was thinking of retiring in a few yrs & offfered me a chance to take it over when she did.

                    I'm glad that she is still around. May need to pay her a visit soon.

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                    1. re: Chocomom
                      hto44 Jan 13, 2012 04:51 PM

                      Are they open on weekends?

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                      mwk Jan 13, 2012 08:13 AM

                      It is in the same building as Blue22, but the only entrance is in the back of the building. You need to enter the pick up/drop off area for the Quincy Center T station, and you will see it. It's next to the Dentist.

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